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|Birth name||Samuel William Christopher Watson IV|
|Also known as||Big Krizz Kaliko|
|Born||March 7, 1974|
|Origin||Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.|
|Genres||Hip hop, rap rock, alternative hip hop|
Samuel William Christopher Watson IV(born March 7, 1974), better known by his stage name Krizz Kaliko, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is a longtime collaborator with fellow hometown native Tech N9ne and was signed to Strange Music from its inception in 1999 up to forming his own label Ear House Inc. in 2021.
Krizz Kaliko began his musical career in the late 1990s when he began working with local producer IcyRoc Kraven. Another local rapper by the name of Tech N9ne was also collaborating with IcyRoc at the time, which led to the two rappers meeting. At the time, Tech N9ne was working on a song titled "Who You Came To See" and Kaliko made a comment that the song could have a better hook. Tech offered up the opportunity to prove his case, and Tech was blown away when Kaliko did. Tech would bring Kaliko into his "inner circle", which would eventually result in Kaliko signing to the new-found label Strange Music co-owned by Tech N9ne and Travis O'Guin.
Since then, Kaliko has often contributed to albums put out by Tech N9ne, be it being featured as a rapper or simply providing background vocals for tracks on the album. Although most of his work is that of his collaborations with Tech N9ne, he has also performed similar tasks for former labelmates Kutt Calhoun, Rittz, and fellow labelmates Skatterman & Snug Brim, Ces Cru, and Prozak. Other collaborations include tracks with the Kottonmouth Kings, Potluck, E-40, T-Pain, Twiztid, Andy Mineo, Chris B, and RM from South Korean group BTS .
His debut album, Vitiligo, released on May 6, 2008, charted on several Billboard charts, including peaking at number 19 on the Top Independent Albums in the week of May 28, 2008. In the same week, he peaked at number 167 on the Billboard 200.
His second studio album, Genius, was released on July 14, 2009.
A number of his songs can be heard in the background of the strip club scenes in the movie Big Fan starring Patton Oswalt.
Kaliko chose the title Shock Treatment for his third studio album. Other titles he considered were Son of Sam and Walk on Water.
S.I.C., his first EP, was released on May 17, 2011. In June 2011, he was featured on Winnipeg's Most's second single, "Forgive Me", from their second album, GoodFellaz.
On May 15, 2012, Kaliko released his fourth studio album, titled Kickin' and Screamin'. It is currently[ when? ] his highest charting album on the Billboard 200. The album has features from long-time collaborator Tech N9ne, as well as rappers Twista, Chamillionaire, T-Pain, Twiztid and Rittz, while the production is almost entirely handled by Seven.
In November, Kaliko released his second EP, Neh'mind . The song "Damage" featuring Snow Tha Product was made the lead single. A video for "Damage" was shot and released on YouTube on December 14, and received over 100,000 views in two weeks.
On August 27, 2013, Kaliko released his fifth album, Son of Sam. It features guest appearances from Tech N9ne, CES Cru, Kortney Leveringston, IcyRoc Kravyn, and his wife Crystal Watson. The album debuted at number 56 on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 8,000 copies in the United States.[ citation needed ]
On April 8, 2016, Kaliko released his sixth studio album, GO . Unlike his previous albums, which were predominantly hip-hop, GO is his first R&B/pop album. The album features labelmates Tech N9ne, Stevie Stone, Rittz, CES Cru, Wrekonize and JL B.Hood. It went on to chart as the number 4 Rap album on Billboard and number 28 in the Top 200.
On October 6, 2019, Kaliko announced his intention to leave Strange Music on social media.On October 20, 2019, however, he appeared to have a change of heart, signing a new contract with Strange Music on stage.
On September 18, 2020, Kaliko returned with his seventh album, Legend, his first project in four years.
On May 15, 2021, it was announced during Kaliko's virtual concert event "The Reveal" that he had officially left Strange Music to form his own label Ear House Inc. with his wife Crystal.
Kaliko is afflicted with an autoimmune form of vitiligo, a skin condition characterized by smooth, white patches on various parts of the body, caused by the loss of natural pigment.Several of these patches are clearly visible on his face. He used the name of the disease as the title for his debut album.
Kaliko has also been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.He named a track on his second album after the disorder.
Absolute Power is the fourth studio album by American rapper Tech N9ne from Kansas City, Missouri, and is officially his first album released on Strange Music. Production was handled by several record producers, including Reuben 'Bonyx' Armstrong, RonnZfromBerlin and 5150 Mental Productions. It features guest appearances from 57th Street Rogue Dog Villains, D12, Krizz Kaliko, Kutt Calhoun, Skatterman & Snug Brim among others.
Strange Music is an American independent record label specializing in hip hop music and founded by Tech N9ne and Travis O'Guin in 2000. It is distributed through Fontana Distribution.
The discography of Tech N9ne spans over twenty-one years, with the earliest official release being the single release "Cloudy-Eyed Stroll/Mitch Bade" in 1996. Tech N9ne has SoundScanned over two million albums independently. He has also had his music featured in many movies, television shows, and video games.
Vitiligo is the debut album by rapper and singer Krizz Kaliko. His debut album comes after spending several years lending his voice to releases from Tech N9ne and his other labelmates. The album's title comes from the skin disorder vitiligo, which Krizz has.
Steven T. Shippy, better known by his stage name Prozak, is an American independent rapper and film director from Saginaw, Michigan. He's a member of the group Project:Deadman with Mike E. Clark as well as the group Bedlam with Madness and Staplez. He is one of few rappers of Chaldean Catholic religious background. In 2011, he officially signed with Strange Music, although he had previously released albums with the label.
Feature Presentation is the second studio album by Kansas City rapper Kutt Calhoun. It was released on October 7, 2008 and was able to chart #60 on Billboard's "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" chart in its first week of release.
Melvin Lewis Calhoun Jr., better known by his stage name Kutt Calhoun, is an American rapper and business executive from Kansas City, Missouri. After getting his start in the late 1990s underground rap scene of Kansas City, he subsequently signed to Strange Music when the label was founded in 1999. Calhoun released his debut album B.L.E.V.E. in 2004, and his 2007 sophomore album Feature Presentation debuted at number 60 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Calhoun's third album, Raw and Un-Kutt, made its debut at number 162 on the Billboard 200 chart in its first week of release, as well as charting at No. 19 on the Top Heatseekers chart.
Monsterifik is the debut solo album, from Big Scoob, an American rapper from Kansas City, Missouri. The studio album was released on September 15, 2009. It is the second album to be released on the Strange Music label under the "Tech N9ne Presents" banner. The first of which was labelmate Krizz Kaliko's debut solo album, Vitiligo, in 2008.
Stewart D. Ashby Jr. better known by his stage name Big Scoob is an American rapper from Kansas City, Missouri, who records for Strange Music.
Michael Summers known professionally as Seven, is an American hip hop record producer from Kansas City, Missouri. Seven is best known for his music production work with independent recording artists Tech N9ne, XV, and Mac Lethal.
Strange Music is an American independent record label founded by Tech N9ne and Travis O'Guin in 1999, specializing in hip hop music. It is currently distributed through Fontana Distribution.
"Worldwide Choppers" is a song by American rapper Tech N9ne. It serves as the third single from his eleventh studio album All 6's and 7's. The song is noted for its breakneck flows packing rhythmic, rapid-fire rap.
Kickin' and Screamin' is the fourth studio album by American rapper Krizz Kaliko, released on May 15, 2012. It debuted at #43 on the Billboard 200, making it his most successful album.
Paranormal is the second studio album by American rapper Prozak. It was released April 24, 2012, and marked rapper's second full-length release on Strange Music. The album featured guest appearances from Tech N9ne, Twiztid, Krizz Kaliko, and Sid Wilson of heavy metal band Slipknot. The record has appeared on multiple charts, debuted at #90 on Billboard 200, #15 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, #8 on Top Rap Albums and #15 on Top Indie Albums chart.
The Life and Times of Jonny Valiant is the first studio album by the American rapper Rittz. The album was released on April 30, 2013, by Strange Music. The album has guest appearances by Big K.R.I.T., Mike Posner, Suga Free, Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko and Yelawolf.
Son of Sam is the fifth studio album by American rapper Krizz Kaliko. The album was released on August 27, 2013, by Strange Music. The album features guest appearances from Tech N9ne, Ces Cru, Kortney Leveringston, IcyRoc Kravyn and his wife Crystal Watson.
2 Birds 1 Stone is the third studio album by American rapper Stevie Stone. The album was released on August 13, 2013, by Strange Music. The album features guest appearances from Krizz Kaliko, Spaide R.I.P.P.E.R., Brotha Lynch Hung, Wrekonize, Bernz, ¡Mayday!, Mai Lee, Darrein, Tech N9ne, Rittz, Jarren Benton and Ms. Kriss. The album debuted at number 76 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Strangeulation is the fourteenth studio album by American rapper Tech N9ne, the fifth in his "Collabos" series. The album was released on May 6, 2014, by Strange Music. The album features guest appearances from the entire Strange Music roster, including its newest signing at the time — Murs, as well as some outside collaborators such as Tyler Lyon, Ryan Bradley, Mackenzie O'Guin, Kendall Morgan, John 5 and Serj Tankian.
American hip hop artist Krizz Kaliko has released seven studio albums and four EPs.
G.O. is the sixth studio album by American rapper Krizz Kaliko. The album was released on April 8, 2016, by Strange Music. The album features guest appearances from fellow Strange Music artists Tech N9ne, Stevie Stone, Rittz, CES Cru, Wrekonize & JL B.Hood.